To read In Christ Alone by Sinclair Ferguson is like reading an exceptionally well written blog. Each chapter is discrete and self-contained, while all holding to the theme of living in Christ. This is not a narrative or treatise on Christ but rather, as the author describes in his preface, a tapestry in which descriptions and insights from life and Scripture reveal the person of Christ through lives lived in Him. Coming from many different angles, the articles build up an image of the life lived in biblical faith in Jesus Christ.
There is a progression in the book from the incarnation of Jesus, on to our apprehension of Him by faith, the work and person of the Holy Spirit, our transformation wrought by the Spirit of Christ, through to persevering in faith in Christ. However, it would be a mistake to read more than one chapter in a sitting, not because it wouldn’t fit together, but because the ten or fifteen minutes it takes to read a chapter is far too short to digest the meal it is for our souls. This is a book to pick up frequently for a short read before giving yourself time to ponder what you have learned, or been reminded of.
The humanity of Sinclair Ferguson is refreshingly revealed in this collection of articles, but as he writes himself, “Yes, our understanding is creaturely and limited; yet, even finite knowledge of the true God is still true knowledge.” What we get from In Christ Alone is a handrail to guide us in our creaturely and limited steps into the knowledge of Christ.
I thoroughly recommend this book to all Christians. I also recommend reading it several times, and slowly.